Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe With Bean Sprouts

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This peanut butter pasta recipe is amazing.  I’m part of a weekly food blogger challenge where we all get together and make recipes using the same ingredient.  This week’s ingredient was peanut butter.  I wasn’t really in the mood for a sweet or dessert that used peanut butter so I decided to make this recipe that uses a peanut sauce instead. 

Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe With Bean Sprouts

Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe

I know. The first time I heard peanut butter pasta, I was certain it was going to be awful. Peanut butter and pasta don’t go together. Right?  Peanut butter and chocolate or peanut butter and jelly sure but peanut butter pasta? Yes!

Noodles for peanut butter pasta

I changed this up a little bit and used Asian noodles. But, if you don’t have them, you can use spaghetti, egg noodles or any type of pasta you like. It works just as well with gluten-free pasta, but be careful that it doesn’t get too soft if you do choose a gluten-free option. If you’re desperate, you can even use the noodles in your favorite ramen noodle packet. But, please don’t add the seasoning packet. It’s very high in sodium.

Vegetarian peanut butter pasta recipe

While the original recipe I tried years ago is vegetarian, I added eggs this time. You can easily add chicken or seafood to the recipe if you want to. My husband generally wants meat with his meal, but I am OK with the occasional meatless meal.

If you like spicy peanut butter noodles, you can certainly use a bit of hot pepper sauce or pepper flakes in the recipes. To keep it authentic, you’d really have finely chopped peanuts rather than peanut butter sauce but I like the sauce. Feel free to sprinkle some peanuts on top if you like.

Where to find bean sprouts

You can easily make your own bean sprouts from mung beans. There are a lot of different recipes that use bean sprouts. Did you know you can make bean sprouts from a variety of different types of beans including Mung beans, garbanzo beans, and even soybeans? Plus, you can sprout peas or radish seeds for a slightly different taste. I find it easiest to use a bean sprouter.

Peanut butter pasta recipe with bean sprouts and veggies

The flavors meld together so the pasta doesn’t really taste like peanut butter.  It does have a peanut taste to it but the other ingredients really make this something special.  It’s very easy to make and takes only a few minutes.  

Since you serve it cold or at room temperature, this peanut butter pasta recipe is perfect for nights when you are rushed or want to make dinner ahead. If you’re looking for more Thai recipes, try this Thai cookbook. If you enjoy Thai recipes, try this Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl.

Shrimp in coconut milk sauce.. Easy Chinese recipe

If you enjoy Asian cooking, you may want to try my Korean BBQ stirfry or you might like my shrimp in coconut milk sauce.

I love eating Asian food with chopsticks so you can pick up a pair for yourself right here. And, if the kids are new to using chopsticks, get them a training set. It really is a lot easier for kids to learn to use chopsticks when they start with a learning set rather than an adult-sized set.

Cold peanut butter noodles

If you’ve heard this dish referred to as cold peanut butter noodles, no worries, you can simply refrigerate this and enjoy it cold. It still tastes delicious. Although, I do like the warm version better. It’s so easy to make that you can have it ready quicker than you could order take out from your nearest restaurant.

Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe with Bean Sprouts and Veggies

Peanut butter pasta recipe

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe whether you make it with authentic Asian noodles or spaghetti like I did. Either way, it’s a great summer meal because it doesn’t heat up the house. If you do try it, please let me know as a comment below.

To make this recipe, you will need rice vinegar. Make sure that you look for one that is sugar and sodium free. The one I linked to is one of my favorite brands because it has a light mild taste that doesn’t overwhelm the ingredients I’m using.

Yield: 4

Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe

Peanut Butter Pasta Recipe

This easy peanut butter pasta recipe is one of my favorite Thai recipes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of spaghetti or Asian noodle
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • dash of ground ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 scallions, sliced for topping
  • Grated carrot for and bean sprouts topping

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ground ginger, and garlic in a bowl.
  3. Drain the pasta and mix with the peanut butter mixture
  4. Let stand until it is room temperature.
  5. Place on plates and top with grated carrot, bean sprouts and sliced scallions.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1051mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 5g Protein: 17g

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Comments

  1. Whoa, I never would have thought to make a pasta dish with peanut butter. I've been Asian dishes with peanuts before, so it kind of makes sense. Now I am intrigued and want to make it just to see how it tastes!
  2. Adelina Priddis says
    First reaction - that's different. But after reading though it, it really makes sense. I mean we use variations of peanuts in different asian pasta dishes, so this seems right on. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!
  3. This actually sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!
  4. I love peanut butter sauce on pasta. It's one of my favorite things to make.
  5. I love the flavor of peanutbutter when you add ginger and garlic and soy sauce. you could top it with chopped peanuts, too. yummy!
  6. That looks pretty good. I do love Asian foods with peanut sauce, so I will have to give this a try! Great idea to make something savory with peanut butter.
  7. Kim @ 2 Kids and a Coupon says
    Sounds great, will have to try this one!
  8. Dawn Lopez says
    Oh wow, this sounds really delicious and unique! 
  9. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
    I can sub in sunbutter for my family! This looks yummy! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Hope that your week is fantastic! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
  10. Adelina Priddis says
    Just a quick note to let you know I'm featuring this on Foodie Friday! Thanks again for linking up with us :)
  11. Sounds similar to the recipe I use...except I use a generous amount of grated ginger.  Love the fact that you use Egyptian onions...I need to try that next time! :)
  12. Sara Zielinski says
    Looks so delicious, I love peanut butter

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